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Author Guidelines

The format of the manuscripts should conform to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition. Submissions should be typed in double spacing, including notes and works cited, and be in justified mode. The spelling used is UK.

Notes

Content notes should be avoided. If necessary, they should be placed at the end of the article before the works cited list.

Quotations

  • Double quotation marks are used for brief quotations in the text. In all other cases, ie. quotes within quotes, or special meaning of words,  single quotations are used. This practice however should be avoided.
  • Quotations longer than forty words should be set off from the rest of the text and be indented. Quotation marks are omitted.
  • Follow accurately the spelling and punctuation of all quotations.

References and works cited

In parenthetical references do not use name of cited author if this name appears in the sentence or phrase including or introducing the quotation. In case there is more than one source by the same author, include the first main word of the title as well.

The works cited list should include every work cited in the text and be continuous (not on new page). Please use one long dash followed by a full stop for writers’ name with more than one work. Entries are listed alphabetically according to the first main word of the title:

Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield
—.  Dombey and Son

Notes on style

Font and sizes

Georgia
Main text and Works cited: 10pt
Title: 13pt bold
Subtitles: 11pt bold
Long quotations, abstract and notes: 9pt

Indentations

Long quotations and abstracts are indented 0,5 cm both right and left. One blank line before and after the quotation.

General

  • Foreign words are italicised
  • No space between words and ellipsis when some text is omitted in quotations (ie. “We all read with the knowledge…of what we have already read,” unless there is a punctuation mark before or after.
  • Commas and full stops should be included within quotation marks.
  • All possessives (for names) take  ’s (even names with silent –s- at the end: eg.  Dickens’s and Degas’s
  • For university publishing houses the initials UP are used.
  • For second and subsequent editions the form 2nd ed. is used.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The Article does not in any way violate intellectual property rights of third parties. Wherever permission is required, I have obtained it from the copyright holder.
  3. To the best of my knowledge the Article does not defame any person, does not invade the privacy of any person, and does not in any other manner infringe upon the rights of any person.
  4. I have read and I accept the Copyright Policy and have prepared the manuscript according to the Author Guidelines of the Journal
  5. I retain ownership and/or I am the lawful right-holder of all rights under copyright in the Article, and I reserve all right not expressly granted in this Agreement.
  6. In any case of re‐publication of the Article, Synthesis should require permission by the Author(s).
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in (Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

  8. Authors have registered for an ORCID ID. Author ORCIDs will be entered in the appropriate field during the submission process
 

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The copyright for articles in this journal is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution. Synthesis retains the worldwide right to reproduce, display, distribute, and use published articles in all formats and media, either separately or as part of collective works for the full term of copyright. This includes but is not limited to the right to publish articles in an issue of the Journal, copy and distribute individual reprints of the articles, authorize reproduction of articles in their entirety, and authorize reproduction and distribution of articles or abstracts thereof by means of computerized retrieval systems.

 

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